The mystery of the Loch Ness Monster could finally be solved because as the water level in the Scottish lake drops to its lowest-ever level, experts have said.

Over the years, there have been various alleged sightings of Nessie, which the creature is affectionally known as.

The enormous creature is believed to live in Loch Ness, near Inverness, Scotland, with seven official "sightings" having been recorded so far this year.

In 2020, there were 13 confirmed "sightings" of the mythical monster.

And now, with the RNLI reporting that water levels are now the "lowest ever recorded", dry conditions have led to a great opportunity to solve the mystery according to one expert.

Nessie hunter Steve Feltham, who has been at the lochside for three decades, wrote on his Facebook page: "In 30 years of sitting here, I can't remember ever seeing the water down this low.

"If it carries on this like this, we will have the Nessie mystery solved."

The Met Office says some parts of Scotland have received less than a third of their normal June rainfall this year.

Only 20.8mm – less than an inch – of rain has fallen in the region so far this month, just 29% of its average June rainfall.

The figure for Scotland as a whole is 39.5mm – one-and-a-half inches – less than half of what it would normally expect.

Grahame Madge of the Met Office said: "Longer term, there appears to be a signal for above-average temperatures developing into July.

"No one is saying there will be a heatwave all the way through and the forecast still holds out the prospect of thunderstorms and showers as the 'payback' for the higher temperatures.

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"But all of the information we are receiving now points to warmer weather than normal going right through next month."

The latest sighting of Nessie was reported by a tourist who was up visiting from Cambridge and was standing close to the castle on the banks.

Using a set of binoculars, the man was scanning the loch's surface on Wednesday, June 2, about 1.30pm when he said he spotted a creature for two seconds.

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With the pandemic curbing most of the visitors to the area in the last year, the other official sightings made at www.lochnesssightings.com have been recorded via webcam.

Gary Campbell, who keeps the register and has recorded more than 1130 alleged sightings of Nessie over 25 years, said: "He said a hump came up going against the waves, looking like a turtle's back, black in colour with a green tinge to it. He reported that the weather was warm and sunny with excellent visibility."

The Nessie sighting expert claims "the sightings are getting more credible all the time".

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